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bacchant

[bak-uh nt, buh-kant, -kahnt] /ˈbæk ənt, bəˈkænt, -ˈkɑnt/
noun, plural bacchants, bacchantes
[buh-kan-teez, -kahn-] /bəˈkæn tiz, -ˈkɑn-/ (Show IPA)
1.
a priest, priestess, or votary of Bacchus; bacchanal.
2.
a drunken reveler.
adjective
3.
inclined to revelry.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; < Latin bacchant- (stem of bacchāns, present participle of bacchārī to revel). See Bacchus, -ant
Related forms
bacchantic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bacchant

bacchant

/ˈbækənt/
noun (pl) bacchants, bacchantes (bəˈkæntɪz)
1.
a priest or votary of Bacchus
2.
a drunken reveller
Word Origin
C17: from Latin bacchāns, from bacchārī to celebrate the bacchanalia
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